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Carol Kaufman PhD, MA

  • Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health
  • Department of Community & Behavioral Health


Primary Phone:303-724-1464

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building

13055 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Carol E. Kaufman, PhD, is a professor of community and behavioral health. Dr. Kaufman has more than 20 years of experience conducting research with tribal communities in the Colorado School of Public Health's Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health. She has grounded these efforts within a strong community-based participatory research framework, working closely with communities to enhance partnership and collaboration in all aspects of research. She is a demographer/sociologist with major research interests in: (1) the cultural and community context of adolescent risk-taking in sexual health and substance use; (2) the adaptation, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of theory-based health interventions within and across diverse communities; and (3) new applications and approaches in research design and methodology. Additionally, she works closely with the Office of Rural Health of the Department of Veteran Affairs to translate research into practice to improve the health and well-being of Native American Veterans. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate public health courses, and embraces innovative approaches to promoting a diverse and well-trained public health workforce.

Areas of Expertise

  • American Indian and Alaska Native health
  • Sexual health
  • Mental health
  • Substance use
  • Veteran health

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, Sociology/Demography, University of Michigan, 1996
  • MA, Sociology, University of Michigan, 1992
  • MA, Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 1988
  • BS, Industrial Engineering, Northwestern University, 1985



  • Veterans Affairs Medical Media Arts Award, 1st Place for Rural Veteran Outreach Toolkit and Workbook v. 3.0. Product of the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center-Salt Lake City (Project Lead). Funder: Office of Rural Health, VHA, 2018.
  • Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health, Alpha Upsilon Chapter, 2019.

Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building

13055 East 17th Avenue

Mail Stop F800

Aurora, CO 80045

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